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Don Heath declared that the latest school shooter was "a bad little man." How does he know who the shooter was, and what possible mental health issues he faced?

Mental illness strikes even the best of people, and if undiagnosed and untreated, the outcome can be devastating. We need better mental health care in this country, starting at a young age, in the schools.

Tragedies like these can be prevented if we can diagnose and treat the mentally ill before things get out of hand (and don't even get me started on the need for better gun control laws). — Katharine Lang, Ashland

I see from your June 16 article that the "tussle" over asphalt production at Mountain View Paving continues. In non-legalese, this is how I see it.

  • Mountain View Paving's rock crushing and concrete production is grandfathered and legal since those things were done long before the property was zoned RR-5.
  • LUBA confirmed the fact that asphalt production was snuck in circa 2001 and greatly expanded since then.
  • The county continues not only to look the other way, but has spent many taxpayer dollars fighting its obligation to stop asphalt production forthwith.

In a well-attended Talent City Council meeting held before the LUBA ruling, Commissioner Skundrick asserted passionately that "we will follow the law," and "we'll wait to see what LUBA says."

How much longer will the county make a mockery of his words? There is a monumental difference between "following the law" and using legal shenanigans to thwart it. — Richard Keleshian, Talent

If you are unable to care for and keep a litter of kittens, don't allow your female cat to get pregnant. Females can get pregnant at 4 months, so keep them inside until they can be spayed. Use SNYP, which is a low-cost spay/neuter program in Jackson County.

Unless you are willing to hold a kitten while it takes its last breath because Mom has rejected it and you can't do enough to save it, don't have kittens. They can pass for countless reasons and C.A.T.S. can't save them all and it hurts my heart. My fosters and I have been through this many times and I shed tears for each loss.

The community needs to be responsible pet owners and do the right thing.

If there are strays in your neighborhood that keep reproducing, get the neighbors together and purchase SNYP vouchers to get them fixed. Just feeding them compounds the problem. You will actually save money by spaying the females rather than feeding the three-plus litters she can have in a year.

There are also health and behavioral benefits to spaying/neutering as early as possible. — Kristina Lanier, shelter manager amt C.A.T.S.